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Re: Bug#661329: recommends doom-wad which is only provided by non-free doom-wad-shareware

Le Mon, Apr 30, 2012 at 04:24:36PM +0200, Michael Banck a écrit :
> On Mon, Apr 30, 2012 at 11:13:45PM +0900, Charles Plessy wrote:
> > They may be useless without additional data, but this is the same as
> > drivers that are useless without additional hardware.
> I don't buy this analogy - usually, drivers are programmed for existing
> (or soon-to-be-existing) hardware, so the additional hardware is
> obtainable, just possibly not-existent for the user.
> On the other hand, the free data files you are talking about *are*
> non-existant and unobtainable.

Hi Michael,

any analogy is discutable, and fortunately it is not the main point of my

By the way I would like to add another point, that the split between contrib
and non-free is not informative.  A program in contrib can be tightly coupled
to a non-free library in a way that would require a considerable amount of work
to free it.  On the other hand, a program in non-free can be so because of
re-using non-free code that can be easily removed.

For instance, the seaview package went from main to non-free when it gained the
possibility to do some kind of phylogenetic analysis, and if one would remove
this function, the resulting program would still be completely functional and
would be an improvement compared to the last free version.

Have a nice day,

Charles Plessy
Debian Med packaging team,
Tsurumi, Kanagawa, Japan

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